The first two Mil Mi-17 helicopters were delivered to Colombia by Russian state arms-sales agency Rosvoorouzheniye in April. Valery Kartavtsev, deputy department head, says that the contract for ten Mi-17s worth $43 million was signed earlier this year. Kartavtsev says that the contract was signed despite heavy pressure on the Bogota government from the USA. Rosvoorouzheniye hopes that the deal will open up further opportunities in Latin America.
Source: Flight International